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Monday, April 1st, 2013 08:12 am
Apparently, failure to recognize Christian holidays with special treatment is an "insult."

Google's Cesar Chavez Logo Insults Christians On Easter: posts gathered from the forums include Posting a picture of Chevez on Easter makes me feel uncomfortable and creates a "hostile web environment". Please replace Chevez with an Easter-theme.

Got that? It is "hostile" to not make special Christian-holiday-themed pages. Maybe not if you don't ever do them (Yahoo had no Easter theme and got no flak for that, but Yahoo doesn't make themed search pages), but it's certainly insulting to honor something *else* that happened on the same date as a Christian holiday.

A couple of weeks ago, I switched to DuckDuckGo.com because of privacy concerns. The Easter Chavez logo, and surrounding controversy, makes me less twitchy about still using Google for those searches where DDG just doesn't have what I'm looking for.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 10:02 am
The AFA has sent out its "Naughty or Nice" newsletter, updating the list of stores that do and don't mention Christmas in their advertising. The newsletter, not available to the public on the site (can only get it by subscribing), mentions:
Over the past seven years, your AFA has stood firm in the "War on Christmas." Companies who used to refuse to acknowledge Christmas now have Christmas "shops" inside their stores. Many of them now liberally use "Christmas" in their advertising and in-store signage. Sadly, there are still some companies which refuse to use "Christmas." They continue to insult and offend Christian shoppers by sticking with their politically correct "holiday" term.
Emphasis added. That's right; it's offensive and insulting to *not specifically mention* someone's religious holiday. (If that someone is Christian, of course. There's no outcry against not mentioning other holidays.)

They only focus this campaign on stores that carry "items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.)" Because, of course, trees, wreaths, and lights are what the birth of Christ is ALL ABOUT.

Stores that are adamant about refusing to use the word Christmas include Home Depot (the AFA has a special hate for Home Depot, which provides support for gay employees), Old Navy, Gap, Barnes & Noble, Staples, and Victoria's Secret.

No, I don't have any idea what theoretically Christmassy stuff Victoria's Secret carries.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 02:19 pm
This is not necessarily a specifically Christian issue, as much as it is an issue involving being a minority in the majority's space. In the US, when it comes to getting time off work, Christian holidays are treated as the default, and the holidays of other religions aren't figured into the work calendar unless there is a local majority of those religions.

I've seen other discussions of time-off-work holidays touch on these things, but I wanted to explicitly lay out the two major paradigms someone needing time off from work for a non-Christian holiday might be dealing with.

This is one of the cases where the non-Christian near-minimum-wage shift worker who is an interchangeable part in the system may be at an advantage compared to the non-Christian nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday worker.

Workplace hours tend to fall into two major categories: maximum-coverage (or peak-coverage), where the workplace is open either all the time, or as much of the time as possible to (cost-)effectively cover the majority of the time when the services of the place will be needed; and maximum-cooperation, which aims to get as many as possible of the people working together in the same place at the same time. (And then there's the much-sought-after maximum-productivity workplace, which doesn't have much in the way of time-of-day-sensitive external demands, and doesn't believe that everybody has to always be in the same place at the same time to work together, and declares that as long as all the work is getting done, people can set their own schedules.)

Read more... )
Sunday, April 24th, 2011 10:22 am
SECULAR: of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal

Apparently, this includes Easter eggs, baskets, bunnies, and treats. Because those have no "religious" connotations, a fascinating claim made by articles that manage to mention Eostre, goddess of spring with her basket of flowers, and hares and eggs as sacred symbols of fertility... and still insist these are "secular" symbols today.

Article links: Cultural appropriation is okay when it's fun for kids! )
Saturday, December 11th, 2010 03:55 pm
I hope this is appropriate for the community... I was wondering if any of you have any thoughts on how to deal with those salvation army bell ringers? Read more... )
Friday, December 10th, 2010 01:18 pm
I can deal with the AFA's war on the "War on Christmas," in which they harass and browbeat stores into changing their "holiday sale" flyers to "Christmas sale" flyers, and harangue them into greeting customers with a religious comment instead of a secular one. I don't like it, but I don't expect to like hate groups.

What bugs me is the people and groups that claim to be "moderate." The ones who insist they're "objective" and "seeing both sides."

Like the Defend Christmas site, which says:
We believe both sides of the debate are wrong.We believe the media is woefully irresponsible in fanning the flames of controversy. We believe in the 95% Sentiment: most of us like to keep Christmas and we don’t think there are many people offended by it.
It gets worse from there. )

I didn't start this wanting to rant. I wanted to put together a brief something-or-other about the AFA's campaign to stomp out non-Christian seasonal business focus. I ran across this, and the more I read, the more annoyed I got. This is *exactly* the kind of thinking I was trying to avoid by homeschooling.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 08:29 am
Front-page article from yesterday's Metro. Metro is a free newspaper that gets handed out at commuter stations in major British cities and consequently has quite a wide readership. The handling of this story is notably different from the treatment Christian holidays get, especially Christmas; the British press is quite obsessed by a sort of urban myth according to which the Forces of Political Correctness are out to destroy Christmas. Note the snide "claim to follow" and the perpetuation of the claim that The Wicker Man is a representation of actual Wiccan practice. And Imbolc is reduced to "festival of the lactating sheep", with no mention of the fact that that's one of the festivals we stole and its celebration in Britain goes back to before Christianity was even heard of here. (Roman Catholics call it St. Brigid's Day, Anglicans call it Candlemas.) I can't imagine a comparable article in the British press on Christianity, unless perhaps it was written by someone like Richard Dawkins; there's no way it would go out just under the paper's own masthead.

(I'm aware that "prisoner free exercise cases" are a frequent religious/cultural battleground in the US; they've been less so in the UK, although our recent moral panic about alleged Islamist extremism is starting to provoke a few.)

Mods - not sure if we have a tagging policy for the community yet - I will check the rules post again later and fix if needed, but have to get to work now. ETA: Okay, I don't see any mention of tagging yet, and it looks like only the mods can create them. Maybe country plus general topics the post relates to would be useful, e.g. in this case something along the lines of "uk, holidays, media, prisons, freedom of religion"?